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Dexter, MO man accused in deadly Black River boating incident appears in court

Braden Bollinger is charged in the deadly collision (Source: Butler Co. Sheriff's Office) Braden Bollinger is charged in the deadly collision (Source: Butler Co. Sheriff's Office)
MSHP responded to a boating accident on the Black River. (Source: KFVS) MSHP responded to a boating accident on the Black River. (Source: KFVS)
BUTLER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A Dexter man was charged for the deadly boat collision that happened on the Black River on Sunday, June 3.

Twenty-seven-year-old Braden Bollinger was charged with one count of boating while intoxicated resulting in the death of another, two counts of boating while intoxicated resulting in serious injury and two counts of boating while intoxicated resulting in physical injury.

His bond was set at $100,000 and he posted bail on Friday, July 27.

Bollinger's appeared for an arraignment on Monday, Aug. 13.

At the hearing, the judge set another court date for Monday, Aug. 27.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, one person has died and five others were injured in the collision just north of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

MSHP reported that a 16-year-old of Poplar Bluff died in the boating incident.

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Bollinger and Brady Smith, 50, of Dexter, Mo. along with Kirk Murphy, 35, and Shannon Sisson, 32 of Poplar Bluff, Mo. were all seriously injured. 

Matthew Rushin, 32, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. received moderate injuries.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise money for Kirk Murphy's medical bills. You can click here for more information.

According to his family, an account was also set up at First Midwest Bank in Poplar Bluff in Murphy's name. Donations can be made at any First Midwest Bank in Poplar Bluff and Puxico.

Two boats were involved in the incident.

Vessel one was traveling downstream driven by Bollinger with Smith also in the vessel. It veered into the path of vessel two driven by Rushin who was headed upstream along with the 16-year-old, Murphy and Sisson.

The first vessel struck the second head on and the occupants of both boats were ejected. 

The 16-year-old was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, the incident is the sixth boating fatality in Missouri this boating season.

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